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The Basin

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American, Contemporary
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14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-6071 (5th Street)
(408) 867-1906
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Saratoga, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love the Basin for a place to go for a delicious dinner. We've been coming since it opened. It's relaxing and good food. If possible we try to sit on the patio. They can turn on the heaters if it's chilly.

Thank HappyTraveler408
Austin, Texas
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Several dining experiences at The Basin and all have been outstanding. The staff is friendly, engaging and helpful. I believe ownership is often present. Twice The Basin staff has gone out of their way to accommodate special requests on the fly, i.e. I forgot to call ahead and ask. I am not a regular at the restaurant who they know,... More 

Thank TexasEXtraveler
Campbell, California
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We had pretty high expectations for dinner here based on friend's recommendations and being in the heart of Saratoga, which is a pretty competitive scene for food. The food and drinks are pretty pricey, which we also mistakenly assumed meant close to fine dining. It isn't fine dining. It isn't particularly refined, it is just expensive and in some cases... More 

1 Thank Russell D
Los Altos, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

its not too often you can combine a pinch of formality an elegance with a patio setting. Imaging metal patio tables with formal table cloths and napkins. Add to that beautifully presented food that is well thought out. And you have The Basin. On a nice summer's eve, this is heaven. It is quieter outside than inside. Inside there is... More 

1 Thank byie-byie
Saratoga, California
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has a great menu. It is less fancy than its neighbor"Plumed Horse" but very good food done by a creative chef. In summer ask to be seated in the outdoor area .

Thank Corinne D
Seal Beach, California
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230 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Busy friday night but they honored our reservation immediately with a friendly matradi and waiter Bruno who gave us great tips. The asparagus with a splash of and parmesan & truffle oil appetizer was delightful. Mushroom ragatoni fabulous. Trout & brocciolini top notch. A nice cab, great service, nice warn bread made for a wonderful evening T

Thank sealbeachtraveler
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

The Basin, in Saratoga, is a must-stop if you're a foodie, or just a regular guy or gal looking for a great meal at a fair price. A little on the pricey side, and billed as "Fine Dining, American Style", but this place is not at all stuffy or pretentious, its just good. When I worked for Apple, The Basin... More 

Thank Christopher C
Penhook, Virginia
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172 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Wonderful evening with cousins at this top rated Saratoga restaurant. The owner and his lovely wife are on site making sure everything runs to perfection. We started with martinis each prepared to specifications. The truffle fries and foie gras were excellent. Each course was delivered in a friendly yet very professional manner. There is nothing lacking at this wonderful restaurant.

1 Thank boatdrinks011
Redwood City, California
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for dinner with a group of girlfriends and the waitress was rude from the beginning. It took forever to get our food & two friends who got the special had to send it back because it was cold. When they brought it back you could smell the hot plastic of the plate & the food still wasn't... More 

1 Thank Belinda M
Saratoga, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The absolute best restuarant in downtown saratoga...our favorite go to place..truly a hidden gem. try the trout special

Thank dfcapo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $30
American, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-6071
    (5th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Saratoga
  • Phone Number: (408) 867-1906

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?